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How to Play Lawn Tennis - Backyard Lawn Tennis

Updated on June 9, 2010

What You Need:

  • Foam Balls
  • Tennis Rackets (Preferably Cheap and Small)
  • Mini Net - or badminton net, volley ball net
  • Some Drinks
  • Some Tunes

So you’re bored and don’t know what to do. It’s a beautiful day outside, not a cloud in the sky, the sun shining brightly; you just don’t have the strength to get off the couch and hit the rays.  You look out your window and all you see is grass and opportunity.  The first question that comes to your mind?   What is the best lawn tennis game?  Followed by:  what is the best lawn tennis racket?  What are the lawn tennis materials?  What are some lawn tennis exercises?

This segment of hubs is called Being Bored. Every so often I will create a hub which emphasizes on a game or activity which is a great way to pass time and kill boredom. This hub is about Lawn Tennis, possibly the greatest game ever invented.


Set up:

  • You need to find a suitable piece of grass to play grass tennis backyard.  The grass lawn tennis court should be at least sixteen feet wide, and thirty or so feet long. A backyard is private and good place to start, but if you want go to a park with a giant field, where there won't be a problem.
  • The best case scenario is that you go out to your local hardware store and buy a mini-net. Wilson sells a great mini net, perfect for lawn tennis. But if can't find a store that holds that, a badminton net or small volleyball net is just as good. Set it up so its not more than a few feet off the ground. 
  • Create boundaries. Make the width the lawn tennis court is not any wider than the net itself. The length is up to your own discretion. Usually the best is way to set up your backyard lawn tennis court is to make it just as wide as the net (a perfect square), but you can make it longer or wider if you want.  The outlines for a backyard lawn tennis court? Just some shoes or anything that is a good designator. Nothing fancy.
  • You're ready to go. Take your racket and ball and step onto that backyard lawn tennis court.


  • The ball can only bounce once on your opponents side. If it bounces twice its your point.
  • If the ball goes out or doesn't go over the net, it's your opponents point.
  • To start the point, just simply underhand hit the ball over the net onto the other side of the lawn tennis court. Make it an easy point; if its a winner just redo the point.
  • Each player serve twice and than switch.
  • Games up to 11. Regularly play best out of three. Switch sides each game.

The Fun Part:

  • Lawn tennis is tennis but on a much smaller scale. The ball doesn't bounce as high, and you can't hit it as hard. The result is a game with long, intense rallies, with lots of diving and last ditch amazing shots.  Backyard lawn tennis is a highlight reel game that can be played by people of all ages and of all skill levels.
  • If you want to up the ante a little bit, you can serve like real tennis - in other words serving over hand.  Use the same lawn tennis materials, but make the length of lawn tennis court longer.



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      irish 5 years ago

      salamat andito

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      bhadz 6 years ago

      ever since, i didn't play this sports. But i thinkmit's an interesting game!!!!!!!:D

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      Ron 6 years ago

      Great and well written hub. Great information.

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      chappy 6 years ago

      now listen YOU should have shown me how to play this game

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      vanchen 7 years ago from British Columbia

      You are correct. The great Wimbledon is the most prestigious of tournaments and its played on grass. A more suitable name for this is backyard lawn tennis. Thanks for the information and thanks for the comment.

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      I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

      Oddly enough, "lawn tennis" is actually the official term for the tennis game that most of us are familiar with, whether it's played on grass or not. Another similar sport, called "real tennis" is sort of like a cross between lawn tennis and racquetball and was once much more popular than it is today. It was even played in the Olympics at one time.